Refrigerator blindness


It happens to us all (especially men), you open the fridge, take a good, hard look and then ask all and sundry ‘where’s the butter’ only to have a smug partner or off-spring point out that the butter is right in front of you! 
‘But its on the third shelf and its normally on the second shelf so that explains it all (not)’
I suffer from this affliction, especially when typing – I can read and re-read a document (or blog entry) many times and miss some of the most blindingly obvious spelling and grammatical howlers. 
I have found that is takes me around 48 hours between writing a document and then reviewing it to reach the point where I am mentally disconnected from its contents and therefore able to ‘see’ all of the errors scattered around its contents.
I wrote this document yesterday and I hope that after I have looked over it a few times prior to its escape that I will have been able to expurgate the horrors.
It would not surprise me that the more grammatically capable of you will still be able to find some nits to pick.
Three edits so far:
1 missing word
1 paragraph restructure
1 word removed
2 words added

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One apostrophe missing from paragraph two! I'd agree though, it's practically impossible to spot the errors in something you've written yourself, without a considerable passage of time. It's why in my time as a desk editor in book publishing we always used different people to proof read, copy edit, index and collate, alongside the author. Mind you, even then things can go wrong. I once had to spend hours sat just outside General Synod sticking sticky labels onto reports before handing them across to the waiting bishops and other representatives, as both I and every other editors who'd worked on the volume had failed to spot there was no spine text until the books arrived back from the printer...